Hollywood’s most expensive baby photos: will Beyoncé top them?

As soon as Beyoncé announced the birth of her twins, fans hit social media to search for the first photo of the babies. There's no telling whether she will choose to release her own snaps on Instagram, or whether she will opt for a magazine deal - and make some serious cash.

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Beyoncé has form for baby announcements on social media. She chose to announce her pregnancy through Instagram after all - with an interesting photo in her underwear, sporting a piece of netting, against a floral backdrop. It became the most liked picture on Instagram of all time.

Serious payday for babies

However, the money celebrities can make for a photoshoot with their baby is staggering.

Christina Aguilera appeared on the cover of People magazine in 2008 with her baby Max. Aguilera and her then-husband Jordan Bratman are said to have made $1.5 from the photos.

When Matthew Mcconaughey and Camila Alves announced the birth of son Levi eight years ago, they chose to release the photos in the pages of OK! Magazine. They were paid a reported $3 million for the first snap.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony went one better in 2008, and published the first snap of their twins in People Magazine, for a reported $6 million.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, meanwhile, made millions - several times over. Jolie was paid a reported $2 million by People Magazine for the cover shoot with her son Pax. The couple were then paid a reported $4.1 million for pictures of a newborn Shiloh - which they donated to African children's charities. And finally, People and Hello Magazine joined forces to pay an impressive $14 million for photos of their twins, Knox and Vivienne.

Social media stars

However, not all celebrities have chosen this route. Among the stars taking to social media with their announcement were Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell, who announced the arrival of baby Eric with a photo of him with his dad on Instagram, and the caption: "I never knew how much love and pride I would fee."

Emma Heming-Willis and Bruce Willis also made their announcement on Twitter, with a photo of baby Evelyn Penn with her big sister Mabel Ray and the caption "The start of a beautiful friendship."

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis opted for an interesting alternative. The Instagram post include pictures of four babies, a puppy and a young alpaca, with the caption: "Mila and I would like to welcome Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world. May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity and privacy. Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute."

But what do you think? In their shoes would you take the opportunity to make millions for a photo? Let us know in the comments.

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Murray already has a handful of multi million-pound endorsement contracts – the largest of which is his current five-year deal with Adidas, worth up to £15m, according to Forbes. He is also the face of sports brand Head, Swiss watchermaker Rado and RBS bank.

The Sun now speculates that his Wimbledon victory will see his potential earnings soar to £100m.

A mutually beneficial yet rocky partnership, Jamie Oliver's 11-year stint as the face of Sainsbury's is thought to have earned the celebrity chef more than £10million.

Demonstrating the power of celebrity endorsement, when Oliver suggested that home cooks grate nutmeg over spaghetti bolognese – part of Sainsbury's "try something different" promotion – the supermarket sold nine tonnes of the spice, an amount equivalent to the previous two years' sales.

Former pop diva Myleene Klass shed her Hearsay days to build her own personal brand and become one of the faces of Marks & Spencer from 2007 to 2012, before leaving to become brand ambassador for Littlewoods.

Klass was reportedly paid £1million a year to front M&S and one ad campaign, starring Klass and Dannii Minogue, was credited with boosting year-on-year sales by 5.3%.

The former football star's 20-year association with Walkers Crisps, which runs until 2015, is one of the most successful and long-running endorsement deals involving a sporting celebrity.

Lineker has received his fair share of criticism for putting his face a behind junk food brand, but the relationship has seen him net a reported £1.5million a year and boost sales of Walkers from 1.34 billion to 2.75 billion in the first seven years of Walkers' 'No More Mr Nice Guy' campaign.

With her alleged drug scandal all but forgotten, Topshop boss Sir Philip Green signed up Kate Moss to design a line for his highstreet fashion brand in 2006. The UK deal was said to net Kate somewhere in the region of £3 million and she was credited with boosting Topshop sales by more than 10%.

The eighth highest paid athlete in worldwide sport, brand Beckham drew in
$37 million in endorsement deals in 2012, according to Forbes, dwarfing his $9million earnings from the sport.

During his 20-year career he has fronted Emporio Armani, Breitling, Adidas, Police, Gilette and Pepsi, and attention doesn't look set to wane despite his recent retirement. New additions to his endorsement portfolio include Burger King, Sainsbury's and Samsung; he also launched his Bodywear line in 2012 with H&M as a partner and signed a lucrative five-year contract as an ambassador for Sky.

With her conviction of assault on a nightclub toilet attendant brushed firmly under the carpet, the Geordie girl can do no wrong – first voted World's Sexiest Women by men's mag FHM in 2009 then landing a £500,000 global advertising deal with L'Oréal Paris.

The Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge continues to front the French beauty brand, who describe the star as a 'leading style icon.' Indeed Cole has graced the cover of British Vogue twice, the first time becoming the highest ever-selling February issue in the title's history.

As one of the most marketable drivers in Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was unveiled as the £10 million face of sports clothing manufacturer Reebok in 2008. The lucrative deal lapsed when he joined Mercedes because of the team's existing deal with Puma, however many more advertisers are now vying for the attention of the 28-year-old 2008 Formula One World Champion.

Golden Girl Jessica Ennis witnessed her earnings soar after her stunning performance at the London 2012 Olympics.

Adidas started as Ennis' most valuable sponsor – with her pre-Olympic contract reported to be worth £320,000 annually. However the heptathlete is now reported to be earning in the region of £5million from sponsorship deals with Jaguar, Coca-Cola-owned Powerade, Satander, Sky Sports, Omega watches and Procter & Gamble's skincare brand Olay, in addition to private medical insurance providers PruHealth and PruProtect.

Golden Girl Jessica Ennis witnessed her earnings soar after her stunning performance at the London 2012 Olympics.

Adidas started as Ennis' most valuable sponsor – with her pre-Olympic contract reported to be worth £320,000 annually. However the heptathlete is now reported to be earning in the region of £5million from sponsorship deals with Jaguar, Coca-Cola-owned Powerade, Satander, Sky Sports, Omega watches and Procter & Gamble's skincare brand Olay, in addition to private medical insurance providers PruHealth and PruProtect.

The supermarket chain signed up Blumenthal and fellow celebrity chef Delia Smith in 2010 on lucrative three-year contracts to front the brand through adverts and promoted recipes, as well as lending their name to dishes sold by Waitrose.

Waitrose dropped Delia in January 2013 but hangs on to Heston – likely due to the monumental success of his 'hidden orange' Christmas pudding. When it launched in 2010 the chain's entire supply of 25,000 puddings sold out within weeks, leading subsequent years stock to be stripped from supermarket shelves and sold on eBay for up to 15 times their retail price.

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